Documentary Film And Television

University of Glasgow

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Documentary Film And Television

  • Host University

    University of Glasgow

  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland

  • Area of Study

    Film Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • SCQF Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course will begin by covering some of the significant historical landmarks of documentary filmmaking. The course will begin in a national context but will become progressively international in focus as the course progresses. The early weeks will provide the ground for the discussion of the construction of documentary and the key terms and concepts which have informed the framework for understanding documentary - such as truth, realism, objectivity, witness and testimony, history and knowledge. The second half of the course will be concerned with the scrutiny of texts, genres and criticism that pose a challenge to the received meaning and value of documentary film and television.
    The course will also include a session dedicated to an invited local practitioner and this will provide students with the opportunity to gain an insight into the practicalities of production and the process of documentary filmmaking. For those students who select a practical pathway through the degree programme this will supplement their particular experience of filmmaking.
    This new course aims
    1. Introduce the key concepts that underlie the historical understanding of the form and function of documentary.
    2. Identify and evaluate recent developments in and challenges to
    documentary that are posed by recent television genres.
    3. Examine how and why recent developments and innovations in documentary
    problematize the critical terms that are traditionally deployed to evaluate
    On successful completion of the course, students will be able to
    1. Demonstrate an understanding of key terms and debates that define the field of
    documentary studies.
    2. Relate the received meaning and understanding of documentary to students' own experience and positions upon recent challenges to the status of documentary across film and television.
    3. Demonstrate an awareness of how the changing production contexts of film and television affect the practice of documentary filmmaking.
    One 3,000 word essay and 1 x 90 minute exam.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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